We have added a new page to our website to assist adoptees in learning about searching for birth family: What works, what doesn't, what are the first steps to take, etc. If you are an adoptee wondering where to start, check it out:
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Is Zuyuan a Viable Option for Birth Parent Searching?Adoptive families are understandably excited when a new potential search avenue appears. All of us are anxious to improve our chances of success. A few adoptive families have recently been promoting Zuyuan as a new data base in China. Is this company really able to make matches? Are they uniquely positioned to allow for random searches of adoptees with their birth families? And what are the risks involved with using them? We dig deep in our analysis of this company and their process on our subscription blog.
Spoiler alert: Extreme caution is warranted.
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Long-time readers of this blog realize that the 2005 Hunan trafficking scandal was the tip of the proverbial ice berg -- that the issues made manifest in the Hunan scandal were not in any way unique to the six orphanages, but was a pattern of behavior seen all across China. We know from testimony provided at the trials that those orphanages began to reward employees -- either with continued employment or financial rewards -- as early as 1996, when the China adoption program adopted 4,165 children to the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada. If the orphanages were already experiencing a "demand" imbalance in 1996 in Hunan, one must ask if other orphanages throughout China started buying babies any earlier. When exactly did the supply of children move from true abandonments to incentive-motivated relinquishments?
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Other Blogs & Items
We have recently published data books for Luchuan (Guangxi) and Shenzhen (Guangdong).
Stories of Reunion
Our new blog giving voice to the adoptees and birth families reunited by DNA through DNAConnect.Org.
Stories of Searching
Our new blog giving voice to the birth families searching for their biological children through DNAConnect.Org.